The Complete Guide to MEL – Measurement, Evaluation & Learning


From the basics to the complex, we’ve got your comprehensive MEL journey covered.
Dr. Jess Dart, Founding Director, Clear Horizon; Carina Calzoni, Managing Director, Clear Horizon.
Modularised and refreshed for digital learning, this course covers everything from the foundations of MEL to the latest trends and tools.

With real-time access to global MEL experts, this is your chance to learn with industry thought-leaders on the topics that inspire them, while receiving support and resources to put your learnings straight into practice.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Cost: $1995 AUD
  • Start date: 30 July 2021
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Hours of learning: 50 (approx)
  • Virtual sessions: 1 hour per week (date and time tbc)

What our learners say

"The (MEL) training has transformed our approach to program evaluation for improved accountability and transparency. Highly engaging, excellent quality content delivered by lively, enormously capable professionals."

Carina Johnson

Planning Officer

"Thank you so much, I loved the training. I feel so much more confident and able to do my job. This is the best training I have ever done. I wish I'd done it years ago!"

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Course overview

Our complete Measurement, Evaluation & Learning course takes you through four essential modules, each designed with the needs of evaluators and social change-makers in mind. Beginning with the basics before moving through to more complex and cutting-edge ideas, each module will equip you with a greater understanding of MEL principles and practices, as well as the skills and resources to design and deliver MEL in complex environments.
Organisations are increasingly under scrutiny to provide evidence-based reports about their progress and outcomes. But that’s not the only case for investing in MEL. MEL provides critical evidence and insights that can drive strategic decision-making and ongoing improvement, meaning greater impact and value for money for your project or initiative. In this course, we’ll explore how to deal with unexpected outcomes and emerging issues, as well as laying the groundwork for a practical and workable measurement system. We focus on how measurement systems can feed real-time learning and program adaption, with updated materials and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand how theory of change can help you to build an effective MEL plan
  • Apply the steps for clarifying a theory of change to a real project, program or initiative
  • Be able to build a full measurement framework for a project with indicators, targets and baseline
  • Scope a comprehensive evaluation plan and develop key evaluation questions
  • Have a basic understanding of evaluation theory and different evaluation approaches, and how to select appropriate methods
  • Be equipped to develop a strategic learning plan for your own learning project
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    By booking the Complete Guide to MEL, you'll instantly receive a 20% discount on our 4-module learning package, valued at $2640. That's a saving of over $500.

Course inclusions

  • Around 50 hours of learning to fit around your schedule (approx 3-4 hrs per week)
  • Quality learning content – a mix of text, images, videos and interactivities
  • Real world assignments to expand your learning and practical application
  • Access to in-course discussions with peers and mentors
  • Live group virtual sessions with expert mentors and your peers
  • Six months access to the course post completion
Want to know if this course is right for you? Check out our FAQs page  or contact us on or (+61) 3 9425 7777 to find out more.


Introduction to MEL
Begin your MEL journey by learning about foundational concepts and terminology.

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Start date: 30 July 2021
Duration: 1 week

Module 1

Creating the "M" in MEL
Join our global network of learners to deep dive into Theory of Change and Measurement. 

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Start date:  6 August 2021
Duration: 5 weeks

Module 2

Putting the "E" in MEL
In this module, learn how to evaluate and make judgements about your program.

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Start date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 6 weeks

Module 3

Applying the "L" in MEL
Find out how to use your MEL insights for Learning, Communicating and Adapting.

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Start date: 26 November 2021
Duration: 3 weeks

Module 4


Join us to build your skills and create greater impact today!

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners, social innovators and funders who want to understand how to build a truly effective MEL system for their project, program or organisation. While we begin with introductory concepts, we also cover intermediate to advanced theory and tackle complexity and the latest developments in the field.
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New practitioners looking for a comprehensive MEL guide, and experienced practitioners wanting a refresh with the latest tools and trends.

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Social impact innovators, and collective impact and collaboration leads wanting to educate themselves or others about key concepts, terminology, and approaches to MEL.

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Social impact and services Funding Managers (for Government and Philanthropic grants and trusts) wishing to understand the basics of how funded programs are assessed.



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Dr Jess Dart


Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.

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